In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. Here is No. 12.
“You probably thought I was soft and sweet.” Don’t worry, Adam Lambert, you squashed that notion within the first 45 seconds of your 2009 AMAs performance.
Fans eagerly anticipated Lambert’s show-closing performance, his first live appearance since losing to Kris Allen on the eighth season of American Idol the previous May. The singer took the stage to the ominous piano intro of “For Your Entertainment,” the title track off his debut album, sporting signature sky-high hair and a glittery, studded blazer.